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Cheese Crisp Quesadilla

 The cheese crisp may look like a quesadilla, but it is not. Never folded and always crisp, found mostly in Arizona…you need to know about this!

The cheese crisp may look like a quesadilla, but it is not. Never folded and always crisp, found mostly in Arizona...you need to know about this! #quesadilla #mexicanfood #cheesecrisp #tortillas See More At: www.thisishowicook.com

I’ve made a lot of quesadillas over the years…a grilled version, a party version and this waffle version. You might say I like cheese sandwiched between tortillas. A few days ago I served Manservant a cheese crisp for lunch and he said…Oh. Quesadillas…We haven’t had those in a long time. Except that of course, he was eating a cheese crisp and not a quesadilla. Semantics, one might say, however there is a difference.

The cheese crisp is said to have been invented in Tucson at El Charro’s Restaurant. I wasn’t there but I can tell you that I had many a cheese crisp in the short time I spent at ASU, many years ago. Not having ever been exposed to Mexican food, you might say that the cheese crisp was a perfect introduction. I mean who wouldn’t like gobs of cheese melted on top of a giant, crispy, golden tortilla? I know no one!

And therein is what the cheese crisp is. Usually a 14 to 16″ tortilla on its own metal pan is set before the diner. It looks like a giant pizza with not much else except cheese. It is even cut like a pizza and the first bite into the crispy crust just slays everyone. This is certainly one reason to head to Arizona, because not many places outside of Arizona serve them. I know not why.

The cheese crisp may look like a quesadilla, but it is not. Never folded and always crisp, found mostly in Arizona...you need to know about this! #quesadilla #mexicanfood #cheesecrisp #tortillas See More At: www.thisishowicook.com

I believe the first place I had one was at Rosita’s. It is still there, which I did not know until about a minute ago. This knowledge may make me plan a visit to Tempe, next time I see my parents. Look what I found:

ROSITA’S CHEESE CRISP ……….6.50 Cheddar cheese melted on an open-faced baked flour tortilla

The second thing I found was that the chimichanga that I first had there slathered in guacamole from head to toe is also still on the menu. Definitely driving to Tempe!

So the cheese crisp should be made with the skinniest and largest in diameter tortillas that you can find. Skinny, so they become good and crispy, and large…just because! They look better that way. I tried layering smaller tortillas to make a big giant pizza pan covered in cheesy tortillas, but IMO because they were layered in part, the tortillas just didn’t get crispy everywhere. Not only that when you sliced the crisp into wedges – just like a pizza – the middles stuck underneath didn’t have any cheese.

The cheese crisp may look like a quesadilla, but it is not. Never folded and always crisp, found mostly in Arizona...you need to know about this! #quesadilla #mexicanfood #cheesecrisp #tortillas See More At: www.thisishowicook.com

So IMO, the best cheese crisp is an individual. One that shines on her own, topped with gobs of cheese, a sprinkle of green chiles and a touch of scallions. I have ovenproof dishes, so I just baked mine on a dinner plate. And it became the perfect lunch!

The cheese crisp may look like a quesadilla, but it is not. Never folded and always crisp, found mostly in Arizona...you need to know about this! #quesadilla #mexicanfood #cheesecrisp #tortillas See More At: www.thisishowicook.com

More Simple Mexican Recipes:
Banana Nutella Quesadillas from Inside BruCrew Life
Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos from Real Housemoms
Pear Dessert Taquitos from Lemons for Lulu 

And More:


How to set up and make a grilled quesadilla bar!The best kind of party! #quesadillas #mexicanfood www.thisishowicook.com
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The cheese crisp may look like a quesadilla, but it is not. Never folded and always crisp, found mostly in Arizona...you need to know about this! #quesadilla #mexicanfood #cheesecrisp #tortillas See More At: www.thisishowicook.com


Cheese Crisp Quesadilla

Prep Time 10 MINS
Cook Time 11 MINS
Total Time 21 mins
Yields Yield: 4

The cheese crisp may look like a quesadilla, but it is not. Never folded and always crisp, found mostly in Arizona…you need to know about this!

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Flour Tortillas (I use Trader Joe's largest, thinnest tortillas-about 9″ diameter.)
  • Butter to spread on both sides of the tortilla – About 2 T
  • 1 c shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 c shredded Jalapeno Jack cheese (not processed)
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh, but roasted green chilies or 1 4 oz can, drained
  • 3 minced scallions
  • 3-4 T of chopped cilantro

Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 425. On a cookie sheet or on an ovenproof plate, place tortillas that have been buttered on both sides. Bake about 4 minutes or until tortillas have begun to brown. Remove from oven.
    2. Combine cheeses and spread evenly over tortillas. Sprinkle with green chilies. Bake 5-7 minutes or until cheese is well melted.
    3. Top with cilantro and scallions for garnish. slice into wedges.

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    4 Comments

  1. Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    April 27, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Yum! I make tortilla pizzas, very similar. I guess again, just semantics. But whatever you call them, they're good! And your version with the green chiis sounds wonderful!

  2. Reply
    Liz Berg
    April 28, 2018 at 1:12 am

    I could eat one of these every, single day for lunch! So yummy!!

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    Anonymous
    April 28, 2018 at 1:21 am

    I lived in Phoenix for 40 years, my favorite thing to order was always a cheese crisp! Don't find them her in CA either. I try to make them at home, but they are not the same, so I am going to try your recipe for sure. Thanks!!

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    Thao @ In Good Flavor
    May 4, 2018 at 1:37 am

    I have family in Arizona, and in recent years, I have been introduced to new (to me) regional food every time I visit. I have not heard about cheese crisp quesadilla. They will be added to my list of things to seek out the next time I’m there, so for now, I’ll have to make them myself. Pinning.

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